Racism in Crash Essay
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Physical Characteristics and racial differences are distinguishing traits that keep people in our world apart from each other. Crash is a movie that showcases prejudice and racial stereotypes. The movie is set in Los Angeles which is a city with the cultural mix of almost every ethnicity. Crash is a perfect analogy of how the different people intersect with others in society. The movie crash shows differences between the lives of different people. It displays the interactions of several multiethnic groups such as African American, Caucasians, Asians, Latinos, and Arabs. All of the groups are striving to overcome their fears as they weave in and out of each other’s lives. They are all tied by an invisible chain of events, so the movie…show more content…
Matt Dillon’s character, John Ryan seems to show characteristics typical of this hypothesis. Officer Ryan displays a close connection with his father and the roots of racism is showed later in the movie. It was assumed that Ryan was a product of his environment that absorbed racist views from his father regarding his attitude towards black people. Ryan’s father happens not to be racist after all. Ryan’s attitude towards black people stems from his own experiences as a Los Angeles police officer. An example of racism occurred at the beginning of the film when the Arab looking father and daughter attempted to buy a gun. The clerk at the gun shop made a few blatantly racist comments about the customers because he assumes they are Middle Eastern. There were several references to the September 11 attacks. It didn’t matter that the two were Persian, not Arab. Unfortunately, the reoccurring theme post 9/11 is that all Middle Eastern people became potential terrorists. It is amazing that people have the ability to interpret bad events and cast their own prejudices on different ethnic groups to mask their own feelings of anger and frustration. Certain stereotypes have stood the test of time, no matter how many strides for racial equality have been made. Sandra Bullock’s character made the statement about the relationship between white and black people: “If a white woman sees two black men walking
Stereotypes and Diversity in the Movie, Crash Essay
1200 Words5 Pages
Stereotyping is a major issue in the world today, however, mostly in the United States. It is known as fixed impressions, exaggerated or preconceived ideas about particular social groups, usually based solely on physical appearance (The New York Company). Crash is a great example because it shows others stereotyping individuals in many ways. According to Schingel, it is the perfect analogy of how we as a human race deal with life, people and our own experiences. The movie, released in 2005, shows each character's point of view, rather it be from an African-American, Caucasian, or a Latino. It follows each character throughout the movie to show how they live their daily lives.
Crash is known for having…show more content…
There was another example with the Mexican locksmith that had stereotyping involved. For example, the Persian store owner was frightened that the Mexican was trying to rip him off, however just like Bullock's assumption, he was incorrect. The locksmith was actually trying to tell him some important information, but he did not pay attention. For not listening, his store was broken into and he lost a large amount of money. They could not get past his race to actually get to know him and to realize that he was right. It is as if they do not recognize the other cultures going on around them.
According to Schingel, judgments are so easy to make. Each one is judged by their own categories. Instead of looking past their race, individuals' criticise each other and most of the time, they are completely wrong. For example, Cameron, an actor and a Buddhist, was pulled over for "driving while black". Instead of the white LAPD letting him go, Cameron had to get out of the car and take a drinking test, even though he had not been drinking. He apologizes to the LAPD while the officer is feeling all over his wife. Christine, Cameron�s wife, gets very upset with Cameron because she claims that the officer took his dignity away. When it comes to race, it seems as if black individuals have to act like whites to get the same privileges. If he wanted to be successful, he needed to act like a white man. With that came two major